The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - History - 335 pages
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Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968 seemed like it should be an open-and-shut case. Many people crowded in the small room at Los Angeles's famed Ambassador Hotel that fateful night and saw Sirhan Sirhan pull the trigger. Sirhan was also convicted of the crime and still languishes in jail with a life sentence. However, conspiracy theorists have jumped on inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and alleged anomalies in the forensic evidence to suggest that Sirhan was only one shooter in a larger conspiracy, a patsy for the real killers, or even a hypnotized assassin who did not know what he was doing (a popular plot in Cold War-era fiction, such as The Manchurian Candidate). Mel Ayton profiles Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and his hatred for RFK that motivated the killing. Ayton unearths neglected eyewitness accounts and overlooked forensic evidence and examines Sirhan's extensive personal notebooks. He revisits the trial proceedings and convincingly shows Sirhan was in fact the lone assassin whose politically motivated act was a forerunner of present-day terrorism. The Forgotten Terrorist is the definitive book on the assassination that rocked the nation during the turbulent summer of 1968.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
TIME LINE
INTRODUCTION
1THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL
2RFK AND ISRAEL
3SIRHAN AND PALESTINE
4THE SHOOTING
5THE TRUL
10SIRHANS OBSESSIONS
11THE UIAFFIIIATEI TEIROIIST
12NIV DID HE Kill?
AFTERWORD
APPENDIX AREPORT ON RFKS WOUNDSBY BALLISTICS EXPERT LARRY STURDIVAN
APPENDIX BANALYSIS OF THE PRUSZYNSKI TAPEBY ACOUSTICS EXPERT PHILIP HARRISON
APPENDIX CEXCERPTS FROM SIRHAN SIRHANS NOTEROOKS
NOTES

THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
THE WITNESSES
8DISTORTED TRUTHS
9THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE ASSASSIN
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles including "A Racial Crime, James Earl Ray and the Murder of Martin Luther King, The Forgotten Terrorist", and "Dark Soul of South". Ayton has a master's degree in history from Durham University, is a former Fulbright Teacher, deputy headmaster, and college lecturer, and lives in County Durham, England. Ayton has appeared in documentaries produced by the National Geographic Channel, and the Disney Channel and has worked as a historical consultant for the BBC.

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